Monday, March 7, 2016

Garmin Vivofit 3 vs. Fitbit Alta

Two up and coming devices that have caught my eye, head to head. I've not gotten my hands on either of these, this comparison is based on the product websites and other people's reviews.

Garmin Vivofit 3Fitbit Alta
Expected ReleaseApril 2016March 2016
Company reputationGarmin has a long history in the GPS and run tracking industry. My experience with the Garmin Forerunner 255 was not very user friendly, but I have friends that are loyal Garmin fans, so I think it just might be a steeper learning curve than some other devices. Has a strong following among serious runners. Fitbit was one of the first network aware pedometer devices, and has a strong following in the weight loss and "trying to get fit" sectors.
Wrist BandMolded rubber, and fashion rubber, but the tracker pops out so we might see 3rd party wristbands in the future.A variety of OEM wristband solutions, including rubber, fashion rubber, metal, or leather.
Battery Life1 year, replaceable battery5 days
Display64 x 64 pixels, 0.39" x 0.39", watch orientationOLED tap display, looks bigger than the Vivofit, but some previews show the display oriented 90 degrees to watch orientation.
Water Rating5 ATMsweat, rain, and splash proof
Watch functionstime, date, calendar, and audible alarmtime, silent alarms
Auto activity sensing"Automatic activity detection"SmartTrack
Heart RateANT+ Heart Rate Strap compatiblen/a
Phone NotificationsNoYes
Sleep TrackingYesYes
Android Phone app, BTLEYesYes